About Chateau Montelena
Chateau Montelena has produced wine in the Napa Valley for over 100 years. But only since 1972, when the Barret family took over management, has quality taken off. Overseeing the production of roughly 36,000 cases annually, winemaker Bo Barret produces classic, austere Cabernet Sauvignons as well as Zinfandels and Chardonnays.
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91-94 Points | International Wine Cellar , May/June 1999
Deep ruby. Extremely primary, almost grapey aromas of cassis, black licorice and pungent oak, plus the floral note shown by many '97 cabernets. Fat, velvety and sweet, but with sound acidity contributing to an impression of firm structure. Concentrated, subtle and quite long, with sweet tannins. The yield was about three tons per acre-high for Montelena but very reasonable by North Coast standards in '97. Very strong potential.
Just opened my only bottle, wish I had more.
Still in its infancy stage, this extraordinary cabernet exhibits a complex bouquet consisting of cassis with earthly elements such as cedar and tobacco. The high tannin level supported by a good acid level and ample fruit will suggest that this wine should be aged for at least 3-5 more years! It is also one of the few Californian wines that exhibit lots of terroir!
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by Irish Lad
I have a bottle we purchased from the vineyard while on our honeymoon. Can't wait to open it.
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Disappointing for the money
This wine certainly wasn't bad, but it wasn't that great either. I agree with Tanzer, there was plenty of smoked meat taste. All in all, there are plenty of better wines for less than $50.
About Napa Valley
Napa Valley is the most famous wine-growing area in the U.S. It begins at the base of Mount St. Helena in the north and tapers off some 30 miles to the south into the floodplain where the Napa River enters San Francisco Bay. From Mount St. Helena to the city of Napa, the valley is defined by two north-south ridgelines of the Coast Range Mountains.
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